1. Come to the window


HESSTON — Critically acclaimed, award winning vocalist, guitarist and composer Woody Russell will open the 2016-17 Prairie Window Concert Series  at 4 p.m. Oct. 9  in the Prairie Pavilion at Dyck Arboretum of Hesston.

Tickets are by reservation at www.dyckarboretum.org/event/woody-russell/ or by calling (620) 327-8127. Cost of tickets is $20 for adults and $10 for children, plus tax. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s mission that promotes environmental landscaping with native plants.

Russell has released a body of recorded work that spans from the folk-rock infused songwriter fare of his first album, …As Simple As That (1996), to the more recent blues/soul release of Up Against It (2010) and the pop-jazz shades of Delicious Days (2013). A year in the making, his newest full length album,Carry It Up, is Russell’s most jazz oriented recording effort to date.  

In addition to acoustic music, the Prairie Window Concert Series provides savory and sweet food options during intermission, with a menu provided by Crust & Crumb Company.




2. Take a walk

The first-ever “We Walk Together For All Disabilities” is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in downtown Newton.

Trinity Heights Respite Care serves families who have children (ages 0-16) with special needs. Families in Harvey or Marion Counties may qualify for services.

Respite care is time for parents to rest, recharge and reconnect with friends and other family members.

The walk will headquarter at Sixth and Main. Entry for the event is $15 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 5 and 10. Walkers will receive a free t-shirt.

Planned for Sixth Street is live music, face painting and bounce houses. 

Signups are available online at runsignup.com/Race/KS/Newton/TogetherWeWalk.



3. Check out the concert series


MOUNDRIDGE — Including area musicians, the West Zion Mennonite Church Concert Series will continue with a concert at 7 p.m. Oct 9 at West Zion Mennonite Church, 101 S. Washington, Moundridge. 

Musicians performing include Ken Rodgers, Organ; Open Road, a male vocal group from Bethel College, North Newton;  the McPherson Brass Quintet; and Donna Stucky, Piano.  

No admission will be charged, but during the concert a free-will offering will be received.

After the concert, there will be a time of fellowship with refreshments being served.  




4. Support music in church


First Mennonite Church of Newton, 429 E. First, will host a fund-raising bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. 

The Book of Jebb, a bluegrass ensemble made up of Bethany Schrag, Ben Regier, Eric Schrag, Tim Regier and Jesse Graber, will play. Admission for the concert is by donation. 

 The concert will fund an instrument fund. 


5. Meet a candidate


Dan Giroux, candidate for the US House, will visit the Harvey County Democratic Election Headquarters from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at 612 N. Main in Newton.

Giroux is a 2016 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. He is challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Wichita).